Kira Toussaint Punches Ticket To Rio By Matching FINA A Cut in 100 Back

Toussaint, Kira
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Kira Toussaint needed a 1:00.25 in the women’s 100-meter backstroke to clinch a spot on the Dutch Olympic roster, and that’s exactly what she clocked as she punched her ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Her University of Tennessee teammates back in Knoxville took time out of practice to watch the swim, and they were just as excited as Toussaint with the outcome!

When your teammate is headed to Rio de Janeiro as an OLYMPIAN! Congrats @kiratoussaint and Go Vols!!! ???

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“I can’t feel my legs anymore, but it was just enough,” Toussaint told the media after the swim.

Maaike de Waard placed second in 1:01.36 with Tessa Vermeulen earning third in 1:02.09.

Elinore De Jong won the women’s 100-meter fly in 59.92, while Kimberly Buys took second in 1:00.03.  Kinge Zandringa wound up third in 1:00.09.

Anja Crevar won the women’s 400-meter IM in a time of 4:46.04.  Wendy van der Zanden (4:51.27) and Lisa Dreesens (5:01.92) finished second and third.

Christian Diener captured the men’s 200-meter back title in 2:01.53.  Carl-Louis Schwarz (2:03.55) and Felix Wolf (2:04.19) placed second and third.


Serbia’s Cada Siladji raced to the top of the men’s 100-meter breast semis in 1:00.74.  Nicholas Quinn (1:01.00) and Arno Kamminga (1:01.64) qualified second and third.

Sebastiaan Verschuren paced semis with a time of 48.77, while Renzo Tjon A Joe posted a second-seeded time of 49.29.  Glenn Surgeloose rounded out the top three seeds with a 49.36.

Femke Heemskerk chased down the top seed in the women’s 200-meter free with a 1:56.61.  Esmee Vermeulen (1:58.43) and Robin Neumann (1:58.63) qualified second and third.

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Bill Bell
Bill Bell
8 years ago

Maybe Kira will have an ex- Vol joining her in Rio if breaststroker Moly Hannis makes the U.S. Team.

Kim Kredich
Kim Kredich
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill Bell

That’s the plan for sure! : )

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